Shooting star Jess Wright targets European Championship medal

Jess Wright
Jess Wright

Shooting star Jess Wright is aiming high after landing a Great Britain call-up.

The 19-year-old student is in the Team GB squad for this weekend’s European Compak Clay Shooting Championship in Italy.

And the former Outwood Academy pupil - who only took up the sport three years ago - says he is not travelling to Foligno to make the numbers up.

“It’s the biggest event of my career,” said Wright.

“As a team we’ve got a great chance of winning a medal.

“Individually, my target is just to do the best that I can. I think I’ve got it in me to get a podium finish.”

Wright’s rise to prominence in the world of clay pigeon shooting has been a rapid one.

Last year he won six Yorkshire titles, five North of England crowns, two English golds and one British title.

He is also currently on course for selection for the England Skeet team ahead of this year’s Home Internationals.

“I was quite a good footballer and played for Brodsworth Welfare in the Central Midlands League before I injured my back,” recalled Wright.

“I got into shooting through my dad. He had a gun, his friends are farmers, and I quickly became addicted to it.

“I enjoy shooting more than football to be honest.

“I prefer the fact it’s an individual sport and if things go wrong you can’t really blame anyone other than yourself.”